Telangana is the newly born 29th state of India, consisting of the ten north-western districts of Andhra Pradesh. It was originally part of the region comprising Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. With the separation, Telangana has got a whole new identity, packed with rich history and culture this state is exploring its tourism strengths.

Telangana is indeed a must visit destination in India; a soulful place that takes pride in its rich heritage, culture, wildlife and beauty of nature. Famed for its decade-long struggle for an independent state, Telangana is indeed a place to delve into the history if the past fascinates you more than the present. Separated from the state of Andhra Pradesh in South India, Telangana relishes its freedom from June 2, 2014, and is nestled between the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra.

Culture

With Hyderabad being its capital, the state enjoys an opulent heritage of architectural marvels. Yes, the state is home to the famed Charminar and the gorgeous Falaknuma Palace, Golkonda Fort, Warangal Fort and the likes of these. Truly, any Telangana travel guide is filled with information on monuments and edifices that can stun with their fine craftsmanship. Once the ruling seat of the Kakatiyas who has the maximum contribution towards the architecture, Telangana is a paradise for history lovers.

The state is also blessed with natural grandeur, which is truly worth seeing. Amongst the top sites for nature lovers are Ananthagiri Hills, Bogatha Waterfall, and Pakhal Lake, and then there are plenty of other places around dams in the state that can make tourists spoilt for choice.

Cuisine

The cuisine in Telangana has two personalities to it. One being a simple and traditional Telugu platter and other an elaborate, spicy and tangy Nawabi cuisine. Though the food is traditionally vegetarian, the areas closer to the sea, have seafood as a staple part of their platters, while, Coconut oil is an essential and distinct ingredient in both. On the other hand, the Nawabi bit of cuisine here, uses a generous dash of spice, tanginess and a flattering use of oil.

Festivals

The region’s major cultural events celebrated are "Kakatiya Festival" and Deccan Festival along with religious festivals Bonalu, Bathukamma, Dasara, Ugadi, Sankranthi, Milad un Nabi and Ramadan. Telangana State has long been a meeting place for diverse languages and cultures.

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